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Improving Access to Life Saving Transplants

World Kidney Health Day

Today is World Kidney Day. Did you know that chronic kidney disease affects 1 in 10 people worldwide? A few years ago, Ambra Health was honored to receive the Terasaki Medical Innovation Award from the National Kidney Registry.

The mission of the National Kidney Registry (NKR) is to save and improve the lives of people facing kidney failure by increasing the quality, speed, and the number of living donor transplants in the world. When many people think of kidney donors, they may forget that medical imaging is a key part of the puzzle. However, it often takes well over 10 days for imaging to be sent from donor to transplant center, only to sometimes find that the donor’s imaging, which must be reviewed by both surgeon and radiologist, has an abnormality and is unsuitable. This can extend match times for patients waiting to receive a new kidney, or even cancel entire match chains involving as many as 10 patients.

With over 80 transplant centers, transplant coordinators receive thousands of kidney CTs per year to help facilitate transplant matches. NKR turned towards Ambra Health to develop a solution to avoid CDs and speed up the process. Today, with Ambra Health, imaging can now be uploaded online using the web upload tool. Once in the Ambra platform, imaging is then pushed into PACS in real-time and easily shared across transplant centers through secure web-based links.

Coordinators spent about three weeks uploading all historical imaging from CDs to Ambra. The switch has saved over 1,400 hours of coordinator time per year, which allows them to focus on matching donors and recipients rather than struggling with cumbersome logistics like shipping out and burning CDs.

To find out more about how Ambra Health helped the National Kidney Registry #DitchtheDisk, read the full case study here.

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Catherine Slotnick, Marketing Manager

About Catherine Slotnick

Catherine Slotnick is a passionate healthcare marketer with a deep interest in the latest & greatest in the Health IT space. As Ambra Health's senior marketing manager, Catherine primarily focuses on creating and sharing thought leadership content in the radiology and informatics space. Catherine graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Psychology & Art History. When she's not writing, she enjoys cooking and petting dogs that aren't hers.

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